W. James Antle III, Rare Contributor
Posted on July 29, 2014 11:23 am
There’s a liberty candidate running for Congress in Michigan.
Not just Justin Amash, who seems poised to win the Republican primary on his way to a third term in the House.
Not just Kerry Bentovolio, the Ron Paul Republican who succeeded Thaddeus McCotter.
Tom McMillin is a Republican candidate in Michigan’s 8th district. The retiring incumbent, Mike Rogers, has been described as one the NSA’s biggest defenders. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is a hawk who has an antagonistic relationship with Justin Amash.
In fact, Rogers has raised money for Amash’s primary opponent. The same event featured California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, who has described Amash as “al Qaeda’s best friend in Congress.”
Rogers has called civil libertarian journalist Glenn Greenwald “a thief” and suggested that a “foreign power” is behind Edward Snowden’s NSA whistle-blowing.
McMillin is cut from a different cloth. “No data on American citizens should be collected by the federal government without direct consent or a specific warrant,” he has said. He has called for national intelligence director James Clapper to be “prosecuted for lying to Congress about how the federal government is surveilling our citizens without a warrant.”